On behalf of the MYA race team, I would like to wish all our members and skippers a happy New Year.
The next two years are looking very busy for the competitive skippers and many will be competing hard for upcoming International events, in 2019 we have the IOM World Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil for which the early IOM ranking in Scotland will count in the qualification, it also looks like the 2020 Europeans will be going to Italy, so, the rest of 2019 will also be hotly contested by the Class. The big one for the other ranking classes, M and 10R, is the build-up to the 2020 IRSA M and 10R World Championships in the UK. Back at West Kirby SC it is one that all keen M and 10R skippers will be looking at in 2019, with an eye on their ranking positions at the end of the year.
As is usual Henry Farley has prepared the starting ranking lists for 2019 and these are uploaded to the website: HERE.
For the IOM and M classes this is the same as the final 2018 lists, however, the eagle-eyed will notice that the 10R ranking list differs. Henry has put together a short explanation of the reasons why, which is posted below:
Those for the Marblehead and IOM are essentially the same as the end of 2018.
In both cases a full compliment of 7 events are scheduled for this year which is the same as last year and hence the number of qualifying and counting events are also the same.
This is not so for the 10 Rater where Richard (Uttley) has arranged a total of 6 events, including the National Championship, which is three times the number scheduled for last year. With 6 events scheduled the 6 most recent events to form the qualifying events and to find that many, we have to go back to 2017 and 2016. Now things get a bit more complicated. With 6 qualifying events, there are basically 4 counting events but that is reduced to 3 as one of the qualifying events in 2017 was cancelled.
To prevent the ranking list from growing ever larger, any skipper whose points fall to zero is removed from the list unless he/she is there solely as a race team member. If they subsequently compete in an event then their score as a race team member becomes greater than zero.
There were a number of skippers who got points in the events of 2016 and 2017 who had been taken of the list so did not show against the resurrected events. They now needed to be replaced and that has been done by correcting the relevant events using a facility built into the software for that purpose.
The outcome is a ranking list where there are significant differences from the end of 2018.
As the events of 2019 are completed the older events will progressively drop off the list until at the end of the year only this year’s events will be relevant. Once three events are completed, the cancelled event of 2017 will drop off so the number of counting events will rise to the basic value of 4.
Provided of course that there are no cancellations this year!
This may appear complicated but as Henry states, it will sort itself out by the end of the year and still allows all those 10R skippers who wish to try for a place at West Kirby the opportunity.
Looking forward to 2019 and hope to catch up with many of you on the water somewhere.